AutoGuide Introduces the Industry’s First Fully Autonomous Robotic High Bay Forklift

AutoGuide MAX-N High Bay lifts pallets to heights up to 36 feet, automates high bay operations

CHELMSFORD, Massachusetts—September 9, 2020—AutoGuide Mobile Robots today announced the industry's first fully autonomous mobile robot designed to automate racking and picking operations at high bay warehouses. The new AutoGuide MAX-N High Bay is an autonomous counterbalanced forklift that can travel up to 4 mph and lift 2,400-pound payloads up to 36 feet high.

The MAX-N High Bay works seamlessly with existing warehouse infrastructure so there's no need to invest in new racking systems or pallets, and installation can be complete in weeks. Like all AutoGuide autonomous mobile robots (AMR), the MAX-N High Bay exceeds ANSI safety standards and travels along a network of approved, predictable paths to decrease workplace risk for employees in shared workspaces.

Using SurePath Enterprise software, MAX-N High Bays receive data from existing order management and warehouse management systems (WMS) and can be quickly deployed to complete a wide array of high bay operations. SurePath Enterprise defines the most efficient route for each job.

"Traditional high bay operations can be complex and potentially dangerous," said Rob Sullivan, president and CEO, AutoGuide. "Due to this complexity, operations risk product damage and employee injury. Autonomous solutions like the MAX-N High Bay, on the other hand, increase efficiencies and keep both employees and products safe, providing an excellent return on investment in high bay environments."

Exclusive MAX-N Modular System Maximizes Flexibility and Autonomous Uptime

The MAX-N High Bay is part of AutoGuide's innovative, patent-pending modular autonomous mobile robot system designed to maximize fleet flexibility and uptime. The MAX-N High Bay is one of multiple high-payload adapters designed to fit the MAX-N Base AMR. With a change of adapters, the base AMR is converted from a high bay forklift to a pallet stacker or tow tractor.

In addition, AutoGuide is the only manufacturer that engineers and builds AMRs from the ground up to be fully autonomous, high performance material transport robots. The majority of robotic solutions are retrofitted manual vehicles, built from parts supplied by various vendors.

Other key features of the new MAX-N High Bay include:
• High-tech LiDAR scanners and SLAM technologies that map the facility in real time for no-tape-required navigation and obstacle detection—even in low-light conditions.
• Smart pallet and rack detection sensors for precision picking, providing the ability to identify empty pallets and track down a specific LPN among a full stack of pallets.
• Non-contact collision avoidance technology to protect employees and built-in sensors to detect overhung obstacles for safer autonomous lifting in narrow aisles.
• A flexible on-board touchscreen so floor workers can quickly switch to manual mode.
• Counterbalance mechanics built into the base AMR so it can drive right up to the rack for faster picking and placing on tall storage racks.

In addition, with inventory management software, the MAX-N High Bay becomes part of the new AutoGuide Mobile Autonomous Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS), also announced today. The inventory management software connects with facility WMS and inventory management applications to keep track of facility inventory, manage finished goods or WIP inventories; speed reconciliation; and provide daily cycle counting digitally.
"As part of the new AutoGuide Mobile ASRS, our autonomous MAX-N High Bay can safely and efficiently transport materials from the receiving dock directly to the storage racks without the need for conveyor systems or other inflexible material handling infrastructure," Sullivan said. "When connected to detailed, facility-wide inventory awareness, the MAX-N High Bay can get material exactly where it belongs."
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About AutoGuide Mobile Robots
AutoGuide Mobile Robots designs, develops and manufactures high-payload industrial autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for assembly, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations across multiple industries. AutoGuide's MAX-N System offers the industry's most flexible, efficient, natural feature navigation AMRs with a growing number of high-payload adapters including tuggers, pallet stackers, and car movers. AutoGuide has a mobile robot R&D center located in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and a manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Kentucky. The company was acquired by Teradyne in November 2019. For more information, please visit

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